Contrary to popular belief, commas don’t just signify pauses in a sentence. In fact, precise rules govern when to use this particular punctuation mark.
Back in the day, when we found ourselves in a situation in which we had to pass some time — which was often, because no cell phones — we practiced our spelling skills by hanging stick figures.
It’s December, which means you are already late on your Christmas cards. If you’ll be writing your end-of-year letter on behalf of yourself, your partner, and maybe your kids, start thinking about your return address.